Ernest Cline’s Armada Movie Gets a Writer


Following up on the successful premiere of Ready Player One in theatres, this week we have an update on another Ernest Cline adaptation currently in the works over at Universal. Back in 2012, they acquired the rights to Cline’s second novel Armada based solely on a 20-page treatment, inking a seven-figure deal. The book was eventually released in 2015 and debuted at No. 4 on The New York Times best-sellers list for fiction. Now they are finally moving forward with the big screen version and they have reportedly hired a screenwriter to make it a reality. Hit the jump for more info.

According to THR, Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans) has been hired to adapt Ernie Cline’s Armada for Universal Pictures. The plot revolves around a teenage gamer whose video game skills get him recruited to help save Earth from an impending alien invasion (yes, it’s a lot like The Last Starfighter). Dan Farah (Ready Player One) and Dylan Clark (War for the Planet of the Apes, Oblivion) are producing.

In addition to Wrath of the Titans, Mazeau has a handful of other projects on his resume including the upcoming Doug Liman sci-fi movie Luna Park, DC’s Flashpoint movie, and the Black List script Section 6. The script for Ready Player One was co-written by Zak Penn and Ernie Cline himself. It is unclear if Cline will be directly involved this time around but Penn is keeping busy with The Matrix reboot / spin-off and a ROM movie for Hasbro. Are you looking forward to an Armada movie?

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  • Jake

    Also sounds similar to Pixels. Hopefully this will be a lot better.

  • Colin

    Sounds exactly like The Last Starfighter (as you mentioned) and also Ender’s Game… why is Ernest Cline successful?

  • Dan Gordon

    Because nerds are the easiest demographic to pander to.

  • Lior

    Armada was a big let down from Cline after Ready Player One. It has some nifty ideas, but you can’t ignore the fact it’s basically another story about an 80’s obsessed teenager. I’m surprised they are making a movie out of it, the novel was hardly as well regarded as RPO.

  • Imran

    Still cant fathom that you guys are considering skipping Ready Player One! A movie celebrating the very things that have shaped our movie going minds, and i’m not even talking about the pop culture references (which i might add are not as intrusive as they may have been with a lesser film maker at the helm). I’m talking about the classic hero journey we all grew up on, the warmth of a peak Alan Silvestri adventure score, the full realization of the kind of kinetic, no-hold-barred Steven Spielberg action sequences we only dreamed of when playing with our toys in our youth, or the very relevant concept and themes of gaming and virtual reality in the current age.

    This movie in my personal opinion needs to be seen on the biggest IMAX screen you can find and seen it does need to be Film junk crew, with an open mind and more importantly an open heart, heart which this movie has in spades.

    Please reconsider.
    Your’s truly…a big big fan.

  • Lior

    Are they skipping it? I didn’t get that. I thought the Reed show was a kind of a Special (April Fools’?) I find it hard to believe they will skip Ready Player One.

  • Imran

    Oh thank Fuck for that, what a relief. I look forward to hearing Franks narrative on how ugly and pandering this movie is come in to full fruition, and Jay’s criticism of ‘the floating camera sequences’. I’m just being facetious guys…relaaax!

  • Sean

    We will definitely be reviewing Ready Player One this week.

  • Christ

    Ahh but who is ‘we’ ?

  • Matt Thephotoman

    and balance is restored to the force once more.

  • Imran

    Good to hear Sean, appreciate all that you guys do.